Monthly Archives: August 2016

On the Trail — August 7, 1841

Traveling through the Bear River Valley: Saturday, 7th. This morning we were obliged to make an inland circuit from the river, the bluffs approaching so near the river as to rend it impossible to continue along its banks. We, however, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, John Bidwell.

John Bidwell was born on August 5th, 1819 in Chautauqua County, New York, near the shores of Lake Erie. Today is his 197th birthday. As he noted in his diary in 1898: BIRTHDAY (79th) – Florence had an extra good … Continue reading

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On the Trail — August 4-6, 1841

From John Bidwell’s Journal: Wednesday, 4th. Did not travel. Well, that’s succinct. They had just struggled over a high divide to get from the Green River to the Bear River. They had come to a valley with water and grass … Continue reading

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